Make Your Own Comic

When you start to make your own comic, you should keep in mind that there is more to it than just drawing some pictures and putting it "out there". If you plan to market or sell your comic, here are some business considerations that you need to keep in mind.

If you get someone to actually draw your panels for you, as opposed to doing them yourself, you should get some sort of legal agreement drawn up so that you and the artist have some sort of agreement on who can do what. If you and the artist decide to split the proceeds on any future revenue, or if you want to give the artist everything, or keep it yourself…that's all fine. Just get something in writing so that you are in agreement on who will do what, and who will have what. What if your comic "takes off" and the artist starts to sell the panels that you had him draw? It might be too late at that point to do anything but "regret".

If you have a particularly cool idea or business name, it's always a good idea to have a patent or copyright attorney protect your rights. There can be nothing worse than get a "cease and desist order" for the business that you have worked hard on, because you are technically taking what someone thinks is "their idea".

There are also local business considerations you need to take care of. If you are going to open up a shop to actually sell the physical comics, you may need to get some business or zoning license from your local city, town or community. It's also a good idea to have an attorney determine what type of business structure you should incorporate into.

Do your homework ahead of time so that you will not regret the decision to make your own comic…

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